6 Kinds of Atheists, 4 Kinds of Christians, and How Nietzsche's Zarathustra Deconverted Me

What are the differences between atheists who are ashamed, those who are apatheistic, those who are accommodationist, those who are lions, those who are children, and those who are hyenas?

How did reading Nietzsche’s writings, and especially the book Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for Everyone and Nobody, overwhelm me and undermine my faith so strongly in just ten days of reading that I was mentally, emotionally, and “spiritually” set up to deconvert as soon as I read Nietzsche again, just a short 6 months later?

How do I mentally sort the various kinds of Christians I discuss ideas with, both online and off?

Those are the main topics of discussion in part 1 of a 4 part interview I gave to Bret Alan of the blog Anything But Theist. Check it out!

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About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.


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